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Rising through the ranks: Local man named director of MSHP Aircraft Division

Saturday, January 26, 2013

David Striegel
David Striegel, a native of Kennett, has recently stepped into his new position as Director of the Aircraft Division for the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP.) The new transition took effect Jan. 1, 2013.

Born and raised in Kennett, Striegel, the son of Tom and Nancy Striegel, says that he has always been interested in law enforcement, however the interest turned to perseverance after attending the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. While at the University of Missouri, Striegel earned his bachelors in Respiratory Therapy. He then went into the Law Enforcement Training Academy, affiliated with the University of Missouri--Columbia.

"I started initially with the Columbia Police Department, I was there with them for about two years. Through that, I applied to the Patrol and was subsequently hired," said Striegel.

Striegel, who was raised in church and who has two older sisters -- Julie Lack of Kennett and Sally Loughary of Jackson, Mo. -- said "I can remember being young and seeing mainly Bill Clayton. He was with the highway patrol then and he was the leader of the youth at the First Baptist Church there in Kennett. I just always admired how serious he took his profession and with integrity."

In 1996, he went into the MSHP Academy in Jefferson City, Mo. Striegel started out in the MSHP as a Road Trooper in Pemiscot and New Madrid Counties, where he then transferred to the Troop E Headquarters in Poplar Bluff, Mo., as a pilot. This lead him to Jefferson City where he was assigned to the Aircraft Division, a position he has continued since then.

Some of his new tasks that come with the position include, "doing my part to manage the budget for the aircraft division, scheduling for our flights and the general administrative work of establishing policies for our flight department to follow and to insure safe flight operations for our division." He went on to say, "I enjoy the challenge of it and the planning involved with it."

Striegel, a 1988 graduate of Kennett High School, is married to Kimberley Striegel, and says that "a huge factor in my success can be attributed to my wife, Kim. She has always supported me, my career, and she understands the commitment it takes to be apart of this agency. She is a great wife and she is a great mother." They have two daughters together, Brooke and Arika.

The goals that Mr. Striegel has set for this new position, is to "manage the Aircraft Division to the best of my ability. I also want to provide an environment, where our pilots can provide excellent service to the state of Missouri, and to do so in a way that maximizes aviation safety," said Striegel. He went on to say, "I'm honored that Colonel Replogle decided to promote me to captain."

As for Striegel's legacy in law enforcement, he said, "I hope that they would say that I always tried to make decisions based on what is best for the Aircraft Division as a whole. Sometimes it's impossible to have everyone agree with every decision, but I hope that everybody knows that their thoughts and ideas are important, and are feel that they were always treated with respect." He continued with saying, "This career in the patrol has been a blessing."

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